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July 2011
The Perfection of the Liberated Soul
by Niscala Dasi
Posted July 31, 2011

Gaurav Mittal’s article, “Avoid Misunderstanding of Bhakti”, has sparked a lot of discussion in the devotee community. Some feel that he may be committing the “mad elephant offense” by suggesting that some statements of Srila Prabhupada were simply wrong. The implication of Srila Prabhupada being wrong, is that he is not a liberated soul, free from the four defects- the propensity to cheat, to become illusioned, to have imperfect senses and to make mistakes. It is the last two items of the four, that are items for contention. I wrote about this many years ago, for I felt that if a person has to wear glasses for reading, as Srila Prabhupada did, it was not proof he was not a liberated soul. So what does it mean that the liberated soul has perfect senses? Back then, as now, I asserted that his senses are perfect because they are engaged perfectly. His perfection of sense activity is in relation to the Absolute Truth. Thus, a person does not have to literally see through walls, to be considered liberated. (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur House Sitting or Reasonable Rental
by Gaurahari das
Posted July 30, 2011

I will carefully watch your flat and pay utilities and even some reasonable rent if necessary long term 3 months, 6 months etc. Can vacate temporarily during festivals if needed. I am a responsible full time preaching devotee with references who is fully committed to distributing the glories of and our disciplic succession and Lord Caitanya world wide through our potent live broadcast and video internet preaching programs. I want to establish our internet preaching base from Mayapur and am looking for enthusiastic support in this service. (Click here for the full article)



Inspired Brahmacari Preacher Needed
by Vakreshvara das
Posted July 28, 2011

I'm happy to announce that the new Louisville, Kentucky preaching center is getting off the ground nicely. But being one single young devotee is a challenge. What I would like to find is a progressive, inspired, and very kind-hearted male devotee who would like to team up and help guide and inspire this project here in Louisville. The preaching potential in Louisville is excellent, with a huge alternative district, a large college, many yoga studios and health food stores, many alternative-culture people, many Indians and a history of past devotee activity. Regional to this strategic area is Murari's Kirtan Valley in TN, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, Atlanta, GA, New Vrindavan, Asheville, NC, Bloomington, IN, and St. Louis, MO. Louisville is dripping ripe to take off with Harinama Sankirtan.

I have a very nice facility, an old family brick house with no rent to worry about and equipped with a nice kitchen and bathroom, excellent temple space, several bedrooms, wood floors, garage, back deck and a huge basement. The lawn is spacious and I'm starting a veggie garden and have some fruits growing. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Hare Krishna in Tennessee

Story and photos by Rachel Vickrey, Tullahoma (Tennessee) News and Guardian
Posted July 22, 2011


Seeking Contentment, Pleasure Through the Many Names of God

Nestled not far from a lengthy gravel driveway in Lincoln County is the ISKCON Murari Sevaka. The nearly 40-year-old farm sits on 265 acres on Murari Drive in Mulberry and is home to several devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON.

Its members believe the same God is spoken of in all major scriptures of the world. ISKCON founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and a group of about 20 devotees established the local farm in 1976.

Gadi Das is one of the original devotees. Das is a tall, slender, and kind-hearted gentleman with light-colored eyes and a friendly smile that can calm a person and light up the room in the same instant. He often wears white traditional clothing and matching white socks while inside the main building on the farm. (Click here for the full article)



Murari Sevaka to Celebrate "24 On 24"
by Gadi das
Posted July 20, 2011

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of ISKCON's incorporation, the Murari-Sevaka farm is staging a 24-hour kirtan as part of its annual "Festival of Perspiration" in Mulberry, Tennessee on July 24.

Murari's Kirtan Valley would like to extend an invitation, hopefully the first of of many, to all those interested in blessing the Murari Sevaka community with your voice and musical offering to Their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra.

Our goal is to create a positive flow of devotion to the presiding Lords here and to establish a kirtan-centred environment for the future of Murari and the world. We would like to have sweet kirtan going on here 24/7, all in due course. This will be our small start to that end, and don't forget: our Prasad is the finest on this or any other side of the Mississippi.

We pray that our rendering of service to the devotees and to guru and Krsna will be pleasing and that our cherished hopes of a wonderful kirtan centre here will become a reality. (Click here for the full article)



8th Mediterranean Traveling Festival of India
by Mohan Das
Posted July 18, 2011


It is with big joy and happiness we are forwarding you our message which we already uploaded to our website,webportal and facebook , but since some of you help us all the time and cooperating in our projects, we decided that we want to share our situation in this more personal way with those of you...we are looking forward that you will be able to help us - either by prayers or blessings or financially...

We have only 1 more week left till the beginning of our 8.th Harinam tour - ''Traveling Mediterranean Festival of India 2011'', in organization of Avadhuta association and cooperation with ISKCON KARLOVAC ... This year we were planning to slow down little bit our rhythm, as years run us down, responsibilities of getting older, accumulated tiredness and stress.But something from the inside, feeling when Krishna is satisfied, when fire of preaching burns out everything in our heart, those things supply us with great enthusiasm and we decided to launch one more time this crazy adventure – the biggest adventure of all. Last year we visited 7 countrys in relation to our 7. year of this Harinam tour, and this year we plan to visit 8 country in our 8TH in the raw year of preaching. (Click here for the full article)



Visakha Dasi Wins Book Award
by Dharmasetu das
Posted July 10, 2011


Bhagavad-gita: A Photographic Essay (2010), by Visakha dasi, won the Bronze Medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards for the best spiritual/inspirational title. Considering the competition, this is no small achievement; 2,000 publishers submit books annually, seeking recognition in 72 categories. This year there were 3,907 books entered.

Bhagavad-gita: A Photographic Essay is an artistic presentation of the key philosophical ideas of the Gita: karma, reincarnation, yoga, the nature of the soul and God, liberation and the path of bhakti. The author, a follower of the Gita's teachings since 1971, highlights selected translations and commentary from Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, with the aid of 124 photographic illustrations.

Her talents of writing and photography combine to captivate readers while giving them a clear understanding of the Gita's sublime message. Visakha prabhu has also written numerous articles for Back to Godhead magazine and two books, (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON vs. Radha Damodar Mandir
by Nirmal Chandra Goswami
Posted July 7, 2011

Editor's Note: This is a letter of complaint to ISKCON Vrindavan with respect to an ongoing court case intended to settle the legal ownership of the building which housed the quarters of Srila Prabhupada — the rooms he occupied while engaged in translating into English the Srimad Bhagavatam and the commentaries of the authorized acharyas in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Knowing that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur had warned devotees against attempting to settle spiritual disputes in the law courts, as it was likely to lead to unnecessarily deplete the financial resources of the movement and be unlikely to benefit the devotees or advance the cause of Krsna consciousness, we at Chakra would like to see both sides reach a mutually satisfactory agreement as soon as practicable.

Below is the complaint from Sri Nirmal Chandra Goswami (in his family, the name "Goswami" is an inherited family name rather than a particular spiritual designation.) Two separate postings, "ISKCON Claims Tenancy, Not Ownership", by Bhima das, and "Indian Court Holds Radha Damodar Rent in Escrow," by Pancagauda das, provide a response to Nirmal Chandra Goswami from the point of view of ISKCON Vrindavan.


By Nirmal Chandra Goswami

The writing of this notice to the devotees has been a long time waiting. Due to the mercy of Sri Sri Radha Damodar, and now having e-mail and Internet access, I am able to send out this information for the contemplation of sincere and thoughtful devotees.

For the past five years the court case in India, ISKCON vs Radha Damodar Mandir has been going on. The case origionaly filed by ISKCON is primarily to solve the question as to who is the legal owner/proprietor of the rooms at Radha Damodar Mandir known as "Srila Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir."

As you know, Srila Prabhupada resided in these rooms for several years before he went to America and established ISKCON. In Srila Prabhupada's own words it was by the mercy of Radha Damodarji that he was successful in the west. (Click here for the full article)



House for Sale in New Vrindaban
by Dwijamani das
Posted July 4, 2011

2 bedroom, 1 1/2 floors + full basement, just under half acre of land. High speed internet. New furnace and whole house weatherization.

Whole house uv filter for rain catch water system, 1500 gallon underground cistern + 1500 gallon external holding tank for extra water.

Tap fee and deposit already paid for city water when it comes down the road. Wood burning stove (vermont castings defiant encore) lots of wood for burning.

The house requires some septic system repair . Asking $40,000.

Contact Rati Manjari Phone: (Click here for the full article)



  Gita Nagari Update
by Ortrun Gates
Posted July 31, 2011

This year, we at Gita Nagari actively pursued newspaper coverage for our Country Ratha Yatra coming up on July 30th. We were so pleased that on July 23rd the Lewistown Sentinel printed this in depth article about our event: Click Here Title: "Way of Life"



Paying Guest Accommodation Needed in New Delhi
by Nitika Parmar
Posted July 30, 2011

"Looking for accommodation in New Delhi, preferably close to Connaught Place. 21 year old boy from a nice devotee family belonging to Chandigarh is moving to Delhi to pursue his Chartered Accountancy training (office is in Connaught Place). Need a room with an attached bathroom very soon. If prasadam can be provided as well, that would be very helpful. Willing to share room with another individual if required. Kindly contact Nitika Parmar at (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Prison Ministry Assistance Needed
by Vakreshvara das
Posted July 28, 2011

The ISKCON Prison Ministry is a very important service for reaching very receptive and needy souls suffering deep anguish and despair, desperate for some spiritual nectar and peace. Your aspiring servant Vakreshvara Das is seeking assistance for his new service of IPM preaching. This involves writing letters to the prisoners and mailing them BBT books and other devotional items like beads and pictures. Many of them are requesting books. I am eager to do this service but need assistance with covering the cost of the books, envelopes, postage, rubber stamps, devotional items, etc. What I will need is several cases of BBT books, especially the Bhagavad Gita, SSR, and other medium size books. If anyone out there can please offer whatever assistance they can I will happily perform this service as best as I can in glorification of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. (Click here for the full article)



Deconstructing the Bahulaban Barn
by Madhava Gosh das
Posted July 20, 2011

The New Vrindaban managers have determined that the Barn at Bahulaban is not repairable and needs to be deconstructed. This is scheduled to begin happening sometime in September 2011.

As this is a historic structure, we want to give the devotees who worked and lived in it a chance to say goodbye and to have a last look, or even to take a piece of it as a memento. For example, one devotee has asked if he can have a board from the room his son was born in.

As you may or may not know, this was one of the first buildings built in New Vrindaban at Bahulaban and certainly the most ambitious project to be tackled and brought to completion to that point. It served as shelter for both the cows who lived downstairs and the devotee families who lived upstairs.

In the 1970s and 1980s many devotees also worked there caring for the cows and demonstrably showed that Srila Prabhupada's instruction that cow protection should be the main business of New Vrindaban was taken seriously. We would like to recognize and honor that rich history. (Click here for the full article)



Valedictorian Speech Delivered By Devotee Youth
by Dhira Govinda das
Posted July 18, 2011


Abhimanyu Wolf Glorifies Srila Prabhupada and Talks About the Importance of Spiritual Inquiry

Abhimanyu Wolf was the valedictorian of the 2011 graduating class of Santa Fe High School, in Alachua County, Florida. Below is the transcript of his valedictorian speech delivered at the commencement program on June 4, 2011, at the University of Florida Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Several thousand people attended the event and heard Abhimanyu speak about Srila Prabhupada and the vital importance of spiritual inquiry. After the speech, I and several others heard from many attendees, some connected with the devotee community and some not, how moved they were by the talk.

Santa Fe High School valedictorian speech given by Abhimanyu Wolf: “Henry Ford once said, ‘Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.’ We have a natural tendency to focus on the obstacles between us and our goals, but when we fix our consciousness on the goal itself, the obstacles practically fade away.”

“A perfect example of this is a spiritual leader named Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)



In Memoriam: Gobiratha Dasi
by Jivanmukta dasi
Posted July 14, 2011

Her Grace Gobiratha devi dasi, a disciple of H.H. Jayapataka Swami, passed away from a head tumour in Pompano Beach a year ago (July 14, 2010). She will always be remembered as a very special devotee, multifaceted, humble, uncomplicated and, above all, very Krsna-conscious, in a very matter-of-fact way.

The last days of her illness were very chaotic, as she had to be moved from the hospital in Miami to the hospice, where she finally passed away, all in a matter of six weeks from her terminal diagnosis.

Her family was in Peru, and as we all well know, Krsna never abandons His devotees. She was assisted by a few devotees from Miami, Krsna Bhajan prabhu and his wife Daiva Lila prabhu, who never left her side, despite living two hours away from the hospice.

We all kept in touch to the last day, and for that I am very grateful, as I was allowed to participate in her passing. It made me realize what a great soul Gobiratha prabhu was, how accepting of her condition and yet enthusiastic to her last days about how to form some sort of help for devotees who lack material aid for terminal conditions.

I hope to meet her some day again, (Click here for the full article)



Cooking for London Rathayatra
by Parasuram das, FFA Kingscross, UK
Posted July 10, 2011


The mission this year was to cook a feast for 15,000 people. Titiksu prabhu is the organiser of the London Rathayatra, an amazing event with three carts. It was ekadasi, so all the preparations were cooked without grains. This year's menu was subji, mashed potatoes, halava, srikhand and juice. To give an idea of the scale of things, we spent £1,000 on paneer and £1,000 on dairy products such as sour cream and ingredients for srikhand. Food For All organised the cooking, and we had a great turnout of helpers with real community spirit based around Lord Jagannath. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Claims Tenancy, Not Ownership
by Bhima das, BBT India, Juhu, Mumbai, India
Posted July 7, 2011

By way of response to Sri Nirmal Chandra Goswami's complaint ("ISKCON vs. Radha Damodar Mandir"), Srila Prabhupada was renting two rooms in the Radha Damodara Temple even before he came to America. Srila Prabhupada continued to rent the rooms and instructed his disciples that they should always maintain the rooms where he stayed.

After Srila Prabhupada left, ISKCON became the tenant of the Radha Damodara Temple and maintained the worship of Srila Prabhupada in the two rooms where he had stayed.

Basically, when the rooms were under renovation, the Goswami put his lock on the door, restricting ISKCON from entering the rooms. In the court case there is absolutely no question of ISKCON owning the two rooms. Simply it is being maintained that ISKCON's rights as a tenant be respected.

Any compromise that has been suggested so far by Nirmal Chandra Goswami has not included the fact that ISKCON is the tenant and paying rent for those two rooms for the last 30 years. (Click here for the full article)



New Vrindaban’s Homeschool Co-Op’s End-Of-Year Celebration
by NV Communications
Posted July 4, 2011


On June 17, Gopal’s Garden Homeschool Co-op held its end-of-the-year celebration. “This year we had five full-time students in grades 1, 2 and 3,” said Ruci devi dasi, tutor at Gopal’s Garden. “Next year, we will be expanding. We will have at least nine students, and possibly more.”

Gopal’s Garden will also be expanding its teaching staff for the 2011 – 2012 school year. New Vrindaban will welcome back Lila Suka devi dasi as an additional full-time tutor.

“Lila Suka and I were teachers at New Vrindaban’s former Nandagram School, which had a K standing (a religious school) from the state of West Virginia. And during the last ten years of the school’s existence, we ran it together as co-principals. Nandagram School ceased to function in 1999,” said Ruci. “Although Lila Suka moved to the Pittsburgh area shortly after the school closed, she has always visited New Vrindaban frequently. The parents and children at Gopal’s Garden all know Lila Suka and everyone is excited to have her back.” (Click here for the full article)



  Rental Needed in Orlando, FL
by Jagat Vira das
Posted July 31, 2011

I am an initiated devotee living in Orlando, Fl and we are selling our home, hence we have a fairly short time period for finding a place to move into. Here is the ad:

Seeking a home to rent within one hour to the Orlando International Airport, Orlando, FL

Ideal: 3 - 2 bedroom home in a quiet neighborhood. Full garage, heat and a/c, well maintained, a small yard is a plus.

Who we are: I am an initiated devotee living in Orlando, Fl (attend the Alachua, Fl Temple) I work for Delta Airlines - my friend works in Aviation Maintenance and has been in the field for over 20 years. We are both highly responsible, very neat and highly organized. Excellent background and great credit.

We do have pets - one small dog and an older cat (Click here for the full article)



Sanatana Gosvami & Lord Caitanya
by Sadhusanga.com
Posted July 30, 2011


The upcoming full moon is Guru Purnima, the disappearance of Sanatana Gosvami, and the first day of Caturmasya for those following the vrata according to full moons.

On this auspicious occasion Sadhusanga is offering a new audiobook: Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila, Chapter 20 - Lord Caitanya Instructs Sanatana Gosvami in the Science of the Absolute Truth, including all of Srila Prabhupada's purports detailing Lord Caitanya's teachings.

Consider how important Lord Caitanya values this information! He's meeting with one of his primary associates to discuss what knowledge should be imparted to the common man in Kali-yuga, and begins with these topics. (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Rental Needed
by Yamuna jivana das
Posted July 22, 2011

I'm looking for a House/Apartment to rent in Mayapur starting end of September. 2011, preferably with a one-year lease. I'm willling to pay above normal asking price for a nice place. Inside ISKCON complex would be best but I'm also willing to rent close by.

Please contact Yamuna jivana das (Click here for the full article)



Hari-Katha-Retreat in the Swiss Mountains
by Krishna chandra das
Posted July 20, 2011


We invite all the Devotees for a spiritual experience. In the most remote Gaudiya Vaishnava Ashram in Europa (to reach it one has to walk 2 hours up the mountains) in an atmoshpere of simplicity and silence far away from any civilization we celebrate an intense hari-katha festival. Prem Prayojan Prabhu will be here with us. He is not only an extraordinary scholar in the Bhakti Shastras, but also a perfect teacher and his katha is touching the heart.

It is in a small Devotee Village with a temple of Sri Sri Gour Gadadhar and guest-house facilities. Please write before you come radhe (at) gmx.net so that we can nicely take care of you. We do not charge any festival fee - it is based on voluntary donation without any expectation.

Our Ashram is not institution based and devotees from all different Vaishnava Groups are welcome.

To be in such a sattvic and peaceful environment many hours away from a shopping opportunity helps to direct our attention on the main dharma of any human being: (Click here for the full article)



The Demigods Are Our Friends
by Bhakta Jason
Posted July 18, 2011

Recently I have become completely convinced that Lord Krishna wants me to learn to respect the fact that the demigods are devotees too. I just can't take seeing so much cow slaughter anymore. This is supposed to be a very special Kali-yuga. In this Kali-yuga at some point in time a global government is supposed to be formed that is committed to protecting the cows. I realize that it seems like we are light years away from this happening and maybe most of us don't envision that this is even possible anymore.

Srila Prabhupada had very very high goals for what this movement could achieve in this world. One of his main objectives was cow protection. What lengths are we willing to go to to protect the cows? The demigods want to help us to protect the cows. They want to help us to establish a platform where the modes of nature have been tamed to a degree that allows the masses of people to be more receptive to the philosophy of Krishna-consciousness. They want us to help them to achieve peace on their planets as well. By Prabhupada's mercy this movement has that ability. There are many inequities plaguing our entire universe at the present moment. It is essential that the devotees recognize the necessity of forming an alliance with the demigods. I have personally witnessed in very powerful ways how they can actually facilitate our devotional service in ways that Srila Prabhupada would very much appreciate.

My intention here is not to blasphemy the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)



Torchlight Unveils Four New Books
by Adwaita Chandra das
Posted July 14, 2011

Torchlight Publishing has released four new devotional titles, including a biography of the Vaishnava saint-acharya Haridas Thakur and a retelling of the early days of Krishna consciousness in the Western world. Two other books explain and amplify the doctrines and devotional practices of the Hare Krishna movement and are intended both for intelligent lay people and for devotees seeking to deepen their understanding of Krishna and of chanting the maha-mantra.



Namacarya: The Life of Srila Haridasa Thakura (Lives of the Vaisnava Acaryas, Vol. 4), by Rupa-Vilasa dasa, offers an insight into the exceptional life, divine qualities and spiritual ecstasies of Srila Haridasa Thakura — the saint to whom Lord Caitanya himself awarded the title Namacharya: one who perfectly teaches, by example, the chanting of the holy names of God. (Click here for the full article)



Marti Walker Performs in Las Vegas
by Pandit Roy
Posted July 10, 2011


Marti Walker and Rasa Lila's CD cover

Marti Walker held a beautiful, mesmerizing kirtan performance at the Las Vegas ISKCON centre on June 30. The concert room was packed with guests, who enjoyed her heartfelt chanting and rendering of Vaishnava chants, accompanied by her professional skills on keyboard, flute and harmonium, along with the percussion of Manvantara prabhu, who is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada.

Among the many newcomers that came to the temple, an Indian lady asked if Marti played for other temples. She said that the spiritual emotions she felt in her heart from Marti's performance were so penetrating to her soul that she would like the Indian community of the Hindu Temple of Las Vegas to experience this kind of chanting. "We Hindus all chant in our traditional way," she said, "but this was special. It went deep into my heart."

During the performance, many guests danced in abandon as this special "Paul(a) McCartney of Kirtan" laid out ecstatic wave after wave of bliss. (Click here for the full article)



Indian Court Holds Radha Damodar Rent in Escrow
by Pancagauda das
Posted July 7, 2011

In response to Sri Nirmal Chandra Goswami's complaint ("ISKCON vs. Radha Damodar Mandir"), although I have not been involved with the Krsna Balarama Mandir management for the past couple of years, my understanding is as follows:

ISKCON is the tenant which is occupying the two rooms where Srila Prabhupada was residing at Sri Radha Damodar Mandir. ISKCON has installed Srila Prabhupada's murti and is continuing the daily seva for one month, and then Radha Damodar performs the seva daily for one month. Devotees are allowed to visit anytime that the mandir is open.

The compromise offer from Radha Damodar is that ISKCON pay a monthly amount which is 20 times the amount that we were giving just a few years back. In our understanding, Malai Goswami from Jaipur claims that he is the rightful owner of the building at Radha Damodar where Srila Prabhupada's rooms are. According to Malai Goswami, the courts decided that he was the rightful owner, and this was documented in 1992. (Click here for the full article)



3 Rathayatras in 3 Days
by Parasuram das, FFA Kingscross, UK
Posted July 4, 2011


Soft textile elephant cart provided a touch of whimsy at Borehamwood.

Borehamwood Carnival, 18 June 2011. The Hare Krishnas won the first prize again in this Hertfordshire carnival, and as everyone knows, it's not the participation that counts. For devotees from around the world reading this article and thinking, "We couldn't do this; we don't have big temples," please take note that there are no temple ashram devotees at the carnival. Very seldom do we have temple ashram devotees coming to these events or on our Saturday night Hari Namas. If you can get the congregation together, you have a powerful army.

Crawley Rathayatra, 19 June 2011. This East Sussex Rathayatra is a perfect example of a Nama Hatta group "walking the talk." Everything is organised by the local devotees — the permission, the prasad and the stage program, the logistics, stewards, the media and advertising. We cook the prasad and bring the cart and Deities. All glories to the Crawley devotees; they will surely get Srila Prabhupada's mercy (Click here for the full article)



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